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Testimonial: Amanda Maderios


I was looking for something new for me to try; I was working out regularly but i felt like i needed something more intense that would push me more. A co-worker was talking about CrossFit and I decided to give it a try.

I have A LOT more confidence in myself. I never could even look at myself before now. I can now actually look at myself with positives about my body and that I am getting stronger. Before I would look at myself and hate what I saw; I would only see the flaws in my body. Now that I have started I see that I am not only loosing weight, but I am getting stronger. I was scared at first because I thought I was "too fat" to do crossfit. People would tell me that because of my weight I would not be able to keep up with everyone. I thought crossfit was only for "fit people" I didn't think I could do it either. Now I walk into classes confidently. I know there are things that I struggle with, but mostly that is in my head. I know now that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. I see myself as an athlete now, and that is something I never thought I would see myself as. I love the people. Everyone is there to accomplish the same goal, get fit and have fun doing it. I love the trainers as well, they are always there pushing us all through and giving us confidence every step of the way. My expectations were exceeded. I am definitely stronger, my endurance is much higher, and I just feel good. I can finally look in the mirror and see the good in my body and the good in myself. Crossfit has improved my overall self talk. That this is a place that you can be yourself; its hard work but its an incredible feeling once you finish your WOD. I have always had weight issues and most importantly I had body image issues. I have had so many people in my life who put me down, who told me I would never be that perfect bikini body girl. I have told myself that I wasn't good enough and that I would never feel good about my body. When I joined Crossfit I was scared out of my mind. I remember crying in my car right after the first full workout. I cried A LOT because I felt so fat, I felt gross, and I felt embarrassed. I was the biggest in the class, I was slow, I couldn't do everything that everyone else was doing. I hated myself and I hated my body. I was at such a low when I joined. But slowly, I went from 2 WODS a week to 3, then to 4, now 4-5. I am now seeing that I am doing the things that I and so many people said I couldn't. I can now keep up with everyone in the classes even though I may be the biggest. I don't see myself as "that fat girl who tries to crossfit" I see myself as an athlete who gives it her all. I see myself as someone who can lift amounts of weight that a year ago I couldn't even try or was too afraid to try. Crossfit has given me the ability to look in the mirror and see muscles forming, instead of fat hanging. I see a strong athlete, instead of a girl who was too fat to run. I see the progress instead of seeing all of the things that are wrong with me. People may say "Hey I don't see a difference." I now love myself enough to say, "I am not doing this for you or anyone else, I am doing it for me and I can feel the difference." That is truly all that matters. Crossfit Ares has changed my life for the better, and I am forever grateful. I know that I still have a long way to go, but I know with the crew at Crossfit Ares, I am getting closer and closer.

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